Both travel book and testimony, L’intruse records the experiences of a French human rights activist in the Middle East. Roannie, a retired pediatrician and member of Amnesty International, spent nine months over several years as an “international” in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The French artist Oko heard her stories and suggested she publish her experiences in graphic form. The resulting collaboration was published in three volumes: Le Decouverte, Les Palestinians, and Les Israeliens. This extract, from Le Decouverte, describes Roannie’s first days in the region. The title L’intruse [The Intruder] reflects Roannie’s feelings upon arriving in Israel: “Foreign, intrusive, a nuisance, unwelcome.”
From L’Intruse Volume 1 by Roannie and Oko. © 2008 by Editions Vertige Graphic. Rights arranged through Nicolas Grivel Agency. All rights reserved.